“His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.”

“A Poem by Oscar Wilde”

By Jorge Luis Borges
Translation by Suzanne Jill Levine

A short essay on Oscar Wilde from 1925, previously available only in Spanish. Translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, this essay is an “outtake” from the Viking/Penguin Selected Non-Fictions.

The Zahir and I

Fiction by Andrew Hurley

Borges translator Andrew Hurley delivered this amusing Borges parody at a recent Borges conference.

Jorge Luis Borges at 100: A Lecture by Carlos Fuentes

The Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes delivered a presentation about Borges on October 18 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. The Libyrinth covered this wonderful lecture. You may read about it here: Borges at 100: A Lecture by Carlos Fuentes.

The Secret Images

Photographs by Sean Kernan

In The Secret Books, award-winning photographer and artist Sean Kernan combined Borges texts with haunting photographs. Here, in a Garden of Forking Paths exclusive, he offers a glimpse at the unpublished photographs.

Borgesian Book Review Contest

Borges famously wrote:

"The composition of vast books is a laborious and impoverishing extravagance. To go on for five hundred pages developing an idea whose perfect oral exposition is possible in a few minutes! A better course of procedure is to pretend that these books already exist, and then to offer a resume, a commentary . . . More reasonable, more inept, more indolent, I have preferred to write notes upon imaginary books."

In this spirit, The Modern Word recently sponsored a "Borgesian Book review" contest:

In the spirit of Borges' remark, write a book review of an imaginary book. The book may be from any time period, it may be fiction or non-fiction, and it's author may be either an invention or an actual writer.

The results are in, and may be viewed here, at Contest #1.